Choi In Charge

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SOUTHPORT, England (AP) - K.J. Choi has the halfway lead at the
British Open. The South Korean birdied his final two holes en route
to a 3-under 67 in round two and is 1-under for the tournament.
Newlywed Greg Norman continues his improbable run at a third
Open title. The 53-year-old Australian matched par-70 for a second
straight day at Royal Birkdale and is a shot off the pace. Norman,
who captured the Claret Jug at Turnberry in 1986 and then again at
Royal St. George's seven years, later married former tennis star
Chris Evert three weeks ago. He's trying to become the oldest
player by far to win a major.
Julius Boros was 48 when he captured the PGA Championship in
1968.
Colombia's Camilo Villegas (kuh-MIHL'-oh vih-JAY'-guhs) closed
out a tournament-best 5-under 65 with an astonishing five straight
birdies and is two back of Choi.
Seven golfers sit at plus-2 after 36 holes. The group includes
defending champion Padraig Harrington, 2001 British Open champion
David Duval, U.S. Open runner-up Rocco Mediate (MEE'-dee-ayt), Jim
Fuyrk (FYOOR'-ihk), Robert Allenby, Graeme McDowell and Alexander
Noren.
Last year's runner-up, Sergio Garcia, carded a 73 and stands
5-over after 36 holes.




 
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